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Published:May 1st, 2006 15:28 EST
Sizzling Summer Movies Set To Sell

Sizzling Summer Movies Set To Sell

By Gretchen Ross

With summer nearly here, Hollywood is gearing up for their blockbuster lineup. From romantic comedies to action and adventure and sequels galore, 2006 is shaping up to be an improvement from last year’s flops.


Fun romantic comedies are set to debut as early as May. Lindsey Lohan is back and with red hair in the movie Just My Luck (May 12). Lohan stars as Ashley, a fresh college graduate entering the professional world, who has gone through life with good luck. Her luck runs out however when she kisses a stranger at a party and receives his misfortune.


Real life couple Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn met on the set of the Chicago based film, The Break-Up-- set to be released on June 2. After dating for two years, a trivial fight pushes Brooke (Aniston) over the edge to dump Gary (Vaughn). However, tensions rise when neither one wants to move out of their shared apartment.


Super Ex-Girlfriend (July 21) tells the story of New York City resident Luke Wilson who decides to call it quits with his girlfriend-- played by Uma Thurman-- because he thinks she is too needy. What he doesn’t realize is that she is really G-Girl, a superhero who plans to make Wilson’s life unbearable by torturing him with her super powers.


Action and thrills return to the big screen through water adventures and true stories.

A remake of the 1972 thriller The Poseidon Adventure, Poseidon (May 12), directed by Wolfgang Petersen, once again visits a cruise ship on News Year’s Eve as a tidal wave tips the boat upside down. The passengers must fight to survive as the ship sinks. The cast includes Josh Lucas, Kurt Russell, Emmy Rossum, and Richard Dreyfuss. Musical group The Black Eyed Peas also make a special cameo appearance.


Based on the novel by Dan Brown, the much-anticipated The da Vinci Code, directed by Ron Howard, makes its way to theaters May 19. Tom Hanks plays Robert Langdon, who teams up with Sophie Neveu (Audrey Tautou)-- whose grandfather has been murdered in the Louvre-- to unlock clues that could reveal a secret that has been hidden by the Catholic Church for nearly two thousand years. Alfred Molina, Paul Bettany, and Sir Ian McKellan also star.


Tom Cruise has been a popular man in the press over the past year due to his intense relationship with actress Katie Holmes, earning them the nickname “Tomkat”.  He leads the summer’s sequels with Mission: Impossible III, set to debut on May 5. Cruise’s character Ethan Hunt tackles the cities of Shanghai, Berlin, and the Vatican as he battles it out against the enemy Owen Davian played by recent Oscar winner Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Hunt also has the task of training the new agent played by Keri Russell.


The master of surprises M. Night Shyamalan, who has directed The Sixth Sense and The Village, is back with Lady in the Water(July 21). Cleveland Heep (Paul Giamatti) works as a solitary superintendent of an apartment building who discovers a narf (Bryce Dallas Howard) in the swimming pool. She is a character in a bedtime story, and as Cleveland tries to return her back to her world, he realizes he may be part of the story.


In August, watch out for World Trade Center, starring Nicolas Cage and Michael Pena. Oliver Stone directs the film about two Port Authority police officers who survive the attack on the Twin Towers after being trapped inside while rescuing others.


The next sequel is X-Men: The Last Stand, reuniting the old cast of mutants while introducing some new characters, such as Kelsey Grammar as Beast, Ellen Paige as Shadowcat, Ben Foster as Angel, Dania Ramirez as Callisto, Daniel Cudmore as Colossus, and Vinnie Jones as Juggernaut. A war develops between the humans and mutants as a cure is being developed to end “mutancy” forever.


Superman Returns (June 30) features the return of Superman to earth after a visit to the planet Krypton. The man of steel has found himself at odds with an old enemy and tries to rekindle his love with reporter Lois Lane while saving the people of planet Earth. Newcomer Brandon Routh now wears the blue tights and red cape, while Kate Bosworth stars as his love interest. Kevin Spacey plays nemesis Lex Luther.


Everybody’s favorite pirate, Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) returns to the high seas on July 7th in Pirates of the Caribbean:  Dead Man’s Chest. Sparrow owes a debt to famous Captain Davey Jones, which causes problems with the wedding plans of Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swan (Keira Knightly).


This summer’s movies offer a bit of romance, comedy, action, and thrills appealing to a broad audience. Bring on the popcorn.